The BJP today brought out a ‘chargesheet’ against the ruling Congress government in Karnataka in three booklets, listing its alleged failures on law and order, agriculture and ignoring Bengaluru. Among the charges mentioned was a three fold increase in crime in Karnataka, atrocities on Dalits, women and children, attacks on honest officials, killings of Hindutva activists, steep rise in farmers’ suicides in the last three years, drug mafia ruling the roost in Bengaluru and poor infrastructure in the city.
Releasing the booklet, Union Minister for Law and Information and Technology, Ravi Shankar Prasad said that the Karnataka government has nothing to show to the public when it seeks votes from them for the May 12 assembly elections. Speaking to reporters, he said “Let me tell Siddaramaiah that you have not even four-five outstanding areas of achievements which you can convey (to the public)… you go everywhere (portraying) a negative BJP and negative Yeddyurappa.”
The Union Minister said Congress was losing its base across India due to ‘misgovernance.’ “The record of the Congress is that it could not win a single seat in Tripura or a single seat in Nagaland – a traditional pro-Congress bastion for the last 70 years.” “Congress could not perform in Nagaland and Meghalaya. Nagaland has 88 per cent Christian population, he said.
On the other hand, BJP is in power in 15 states while its allies are Chief Ministers in seven states, Prasad said. State BJP chief B S Yeddyurappa, who also spoke, said the Siddaramaiah government has pushed Karnataka behind by at least 20 years in terms of development due to crumbling infrastructure and ‘pathetic’ law and order in the state.